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BUSINESS
March 7, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Unlike the rampaging stock market, mortgage rates are in a holding pattern, with lenders offering the 30-year fixed loan this week at an average 3.52%, up from 3.51% last week, Freddie Mac said in its weekly survey. The interest rate on a 15-year fixed loan, a popular choice for borrowers refinancing mortgages, held steady at 2.76%, Freddie said Thursday. Borrowers would have paid 0.7% of the loan amount in upfront fees to the lender. QUIZ: How much do you know about mortgages?
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BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates edged higher early this week, with Freddie Mac's survey showing lenders offering 30-year fixed-rate loans to solid borrowers at 4.37%, up from 4.28% a week earlier. The average rate for a 15-year fixed home loan rose from 3.32% to 3.38%, according to Thursday's report , and the start rate also rose for variable-rate loans with an initial five years at a fixed rate. Analysts said a positive report on employment late last week contributed to the trend. The economy added a better-than-expected 175,000 jobs in February despite harsh weather, the government said, and figures for the two previous months each were revised upward by 25,000.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates were on hold this week near-record lows, with lenders offering the 30-year fixed-rate home loan at an average 3.55% for the second straight week, according to Freddie Mac's latest survey. The McLean, Va., mortgage finance company said the typical rate for a 15-year loan edged down to 2.85% from 2.86%. Start rates for adjustable mortgages were mixed, with loans fixed for the first five years falling from 2.75% to 2.72% and the one-year adjustable holding steady at 2.61%.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates have descended further into record low territory for the second straight week, with the average for a 30-year, fixed-rate loan dropping to 3.83% from 3.84% last week, Freddie Mac said. The 15-year fixed loan also dipped to a record low, falling from 3.07% to 3.05%, according to  Freddie Mac's latest survey , released Thursday. Borrowers would have paid an average of 0.7% in upfront lender fees to obtain the fixed-rate loans. People with solid credit and incomes who shop around or who pay additional discount points to lenders often can obtain slightly better rates than those quoted by Freddie Mac. Adjustable loans were mixed.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Mortgage rates have tumbled for the third straight week, with Freddie Mac pegging the 30-year fixed loan at an average of 4.22%, down from 4.32% last week to the lowest level since June. But what good is a low rate if a lender can't process your application? A protracted government shutdown would hamper the ability of lenders to confirm borrowers' incomes and identities, as well as threatening loans that are backed by agencies such as the Federal Housing Administration. “The federal government shutdown will have a growing impact on the housing market the longer it continues,” David H. Stevens, president and chief executive of the Mortgage Bankers Assn., said in a statement Thursday.
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